USA TODAY is providing live coverage of Groundhog Day events from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania starting after 6 a.m. ET, where Punxsutawney Phil will make his prediction. You can watch the video embed at the top of the page or USA TODAY’s YouTube channel.
Punxsutawney Phil has been predicting the weather at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney since 1887, in an annual event derived from the Christian holiday Candlemas Day and Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.
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When is Groundhog Day?
Groundhog Day is celebrated every Feb. 2, the same day as Candlemas, where some of the holiday’s traditions originate.
Candlemas was traditionally aligned with the anticipation of planting crops, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and seeing sunshine on the day was said to indicate more winter.
In Europe, people traditionally looked to bears or badgers to look for the sign of returning winter or coming spring, but when German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania, they instead used groundhogs to make the forecast instead.
What did Punxsutawney Phil say in 2023?
Last year, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow, saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter, a forecast in line with his predictions from the last two years.
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